Pictured is the award presented to St Mary’s for encouraging and inspiring young people in STEM subjects through the use of STEM ambassadors.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths are areas which have increasing relevance in our society and we hope to equip children with the necessary skills to pursue future careers and interests in these areas.
Ruth from “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful” was in St Mary’s today to lead P5 in a Food Waste Workshop. Pupils discussed the issue of Food Waste in the 21st century and measures we can introduce to reduce it. This starts within our school and so P5 will soon commence a project relating to this topic. P6 and P7 also received a summary presentation in the form of a KS2 assembly.
Ruth is pictured with our Eco Committee who welcomed her to the school and thanked her for her time.
To launch Catholic Schools Week 2018 (Called to be a Family of Families), P7 planned and presented their own assembly for the KS2 classes. It incorporated prayer, song, drama and ICT. They key message was the importance of family at home, at school and in our parish. P7 also informed the school about the ‘World Meeting of Families,’ which is due to take place later this year in Dublin. Some of the content from the assembly is shown below.
God made a family, We need one another,
We love one another, We forgive one another,
We work together, We pray together, We worship together,
Together we use God’s word, Together we grow in Christ,
Together we love all people, Together we serve our God,
Together we hope for heaven. These are our hopes and ideals.
Help us to achieve them, O God, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Class Video to show why St Mary’s is a truly good Catholic School –
Gardening Club is well under way for Term 2. As a result of the cold weather, the group worked inside with Alison this week, planting cabbage and lettuce seeds. They will return to the polytunnel next week to continue work on the raised beds.
A huge well done to the two P7 pupils who represented St Mary’s at half time in Armagh’s first round NFL match against Sligo in The Athletic Grounds. Both children received a commemorative medal and experienced pulling on the Armagh jersey in front of a bumper crowd. Hopefully it won’t be the last time that happens!
Well done to our four Junior Road Safety Officers who took part in the regional heat of the NI Road Safety Quiz. The children had to answer a mixture of general knowledge and road safety questions and performed very well, coming in eighth place overall in the district. It was a very well organised event in the Canal Court Hotel and thanks to the sponsors “CRASH,” who provided refreshments and sponsored materials to bring back to school. Our officers will now look to pass on the message of road safety throughout our school over the course of their last few months in P7.
P7 had a wonderful day in St John the Baptist Church, Drumcree in Portadown for the mass to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2018. It was a very special occasion, made even more so as three of our own pupils were involved in the ceremony. The theme was linked to “The World Meeting of Families” and we look forward to disseminating some of the key messages to the school at assembly on Friday. Thanks to the organisers for the invitation to attend.
Following a challenging process the JRSO team have been announced. Well done to the four P7 pupils who emerged, after filling out application forms and sitting interviews.
The group will now set their sights on raising awareness of the importance road safety for primary school children, by organising fun activities and competitions for the different key stages.
P6, P6/7 & P7 pupils undertook a special Christmas mission over the course of the past two weeks. They decided to select three ‘gift idea tags’ from the St Vincent de Paul Christmas tree in St Mary’s Church and raise money towards it. The Student council organised a very successful Christmas Jumper Day and the older pupils brought in a little extra from their own savings. A great sum of money was raised and a representative from each class returned the gifts back to the church this morning. There were £50 vouchers for Smyths, The Quays & The Buttercrane.
As well as this, pupils in KS2 (P5, P6, P6/7 & P7) prepared a very special assembly that highlighted the importance of thinking of those less fortunate than ourselves at this time of the year. KS1 were that inspired by the presentation that they then chose St Vincent de Paul as their charity of choice to present the proceeds from their Christmas Concert raffle. Everyone in St Mary’s is very much in the spirit of giving this Christmas and it feels… GREAT!